Benton County advises the public to be prepared for subzero temperatures and snow heading into the Christmas weekend.
The Benton County Emergency Management Agency wants citizens to be prepared for winter weather in the next few days. The National Weather Service in Tulsa is forecasting subzero temperatures, high winds, rain, and snow starting Thursday morning that will continue into Thursday evening. Due to this forecast, Benton County is preparing for all outcomes of winter weather.
The Benton County Road Department is preparing a salt brine mixture to treat County roads on Tuesday and Wednesday. We ask that the public keep an eye out for road crews and allow room for drivers to treat the roads. Please be patient with our road crews as our equipment and people will struggle in the subzero temperatures and high winds could result in white-out conditions.
The County advises the public to be ready for dangerous driving conditions beginning on Thursday. We are advising the public to not travel as vehicles will struggle in the subzero temperatures and high winds could result in white-out conditions. Flash freezing is a potential for Thursday/Friday and could result in patches of ice on our roadways. Drivers are advised to stay off the roads.